Bill Hayton Keynote Speaker

  • Geopolitics Expert of Southeast Asia
  • Author and Journalist; BBC World News Broadcaster and Journalist
  • Associate Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Bill Hayton's Biography

Bill Hayton is an expert on the geopolitics of Southeast Asia and author of three books on Asia: ’The Invention of China’ (Yale, 2020), ’The South China Sea: the struggle for power in Asia’ (Yale, 2014) and ‘Vietnam: rising dragon’ (Yale, 2010).

He is an Associate Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has worked in various roles for BBC News since 1998 including a year as the BBC’s Vietnam reporter in 2006-7 and another on secondment to the Myanmar state broadcaster, MRTV, in 2013-14.

He previously worked on European and Middle Eastern affairs, including a period working for al Jazeera (Arabic) television. He has given presentations for many government agencies, companies, think tanks and universities on the South China Sea disputes. He was awarded his PhD by the University of Cambridge in 2019 for his research on the history and development of the South China Sea disputes. He currently focuses on the politics of the ASEAN region and relations between South East Asia and China, the United States and other powers.

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Videos of Bill Hayton

Bill Hayton “Maps, Myths And The Making Of China’s Maritime Geobody”
Bill Hayton “Maps, Myths And The Making Of China’s Maritime Geobody”
“Maps, Myths And The Making Of China’s Maritime Geobody”
“Maps, Myths And The Making Of China’s Maritime Geobody”
Who Owns the South China Sea?
Who Owns the South China Sea?
The Modern Origins of China's South China Sea Claim
The Modern Origins of China's South China Sea Claim

Books by Bill Hayton

Vietnam: Rising Dragon
The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia

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